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Ikura’s Innovative Offerings

Coral Gables has its fair share of hot sushi spots, but every now and then we discover one of the lesser-known places that seems to surprise us with an innovative and equally impressive menu. That was the case when we ventured to Ikura Sushi Lounge, a tiny spot along Giralda Avenue that can be easily […]

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More than just piggy at Swine in Coral Gables

By Josie Gulliksen jgulliksen@bellsouth.net The 50 Eggs Hospitality group’s restaurant empire has already left an indelible mark on the South Beach restaurant scene so a year ago they expanded on to the mainland with the opening of Swine Southern Table & Bar in Coral Gables. This was their ode to all things pork, or so […]

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LeKoKé Wine & Bites: A Labor of Love

By Mitchell Nover mnover81@yahoo.com LeKoKé Wine & Bites is a family-owned boutique wine bar and café, located smack on 8th Street (between SW 12th and 13th Avenues). But don’t let the location fool you, once you walk inside you’ll forget you were ever on Calle 8. A true labor of love, LeKoKé started as an […]

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Food Artisan Edible Treasures At Commercial Kitchen 305

By Carlos Osorio osorio@greatfoodlist.com I am officially a food artisan fan. Maybe it’s because their products are unconventional, not always bound to culinary rule or based on trends but rather a pure joy to cook, prepare, bake or produce unique edible treasures that are as unique as the food artisans themselves. I appreciate this food […]

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The Story Behind Greatfoodlist.com

By Carlos Osorio osorio@greatfoodlist.com Dear friends, it’s been an incredible three years since I started this blog about great food in South Florida. As most Greatfoodlist readers know, I work with writers that help me find the best eateries around town, and I always request they write about places they genuinely enjoy. I want people […]

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Taste Buds Vibe At Rock That Burger

By Elizabeth Corzo In 2009, a food truck by the name Yellow Submarine was created, trying to make an everlasting impression in the food truck scene that had become immensely popular in Miami. They quickly won over the hearts of South Floridians, with their homemade burgers and catchy names taken from popular The Beetle’s songs, […]

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Richard Hales’s Asian moxy continues with Blackbrick Chinese

By Josie Gulliksen jgulliksen@bellsouth.net Staking his claim as king of Asian cuisine in the Design District, Chef Richard Hales has struck gold again with Blackbrick Chinese in Midtown. His success at Sakaya Kitchen across the grassy field that divides Midtown means he’s the dominant force in the area. At the small, intimate sit down Blackbrick […]

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Giraffas Stands Tall In Doral

By Carlos Osorio osorio@greatfoodlist.com After many months of tracking this casual fast-food Brazilian beast on Twitter, the GFL family decided to visit when they opened up in the Doral area. The décor is bright, with an open kitchen, whimsical shaped tables and even a bar area with TV screens; perfect for guests dining alone. The […]

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Spring Beer Festival Sprung, Celebrates the Craft Beer Lifestyle

By Carlos Osorio osorio@greatfoodlist.com South Florida gets ready for great food, live music and unlimited beer tastings featuring over 150 Spring and Summer ales in the heart of Coconut Grove at Peacock Park on March 8, 2014. Spring Beer Festival Sprung, will be a great way for beer enthusiasts to try local craft beers by […]

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Eating Our Way Through Mary Brickell Village

By Josie Gulliksen jgulliksen@bellsouth.net Most people that hit Mary Brickell Village between Thursday and Saturday nights are there to bar hop, but on a recent Saturday afternoon, foodies came to restaurant hop at the First Annual Kitchen Hop held Feb. 8 from 2-8 p.m. It was a fantastic way to spend a beautiful, breezy Saturday […]

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The Big Difference at Blocks Pizza Deli

By Carlos Osorio osorio@greatfoodlist.com Many can claim to have the best pizza, and truly it’s all in the tastebuds of the beholder. However few can claim to have unbleached and unbromated flour, which is good to know since bleach and bromated flour have been linked to serious illnesses. The difference at Blocks Pizza is the […]

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The Magic Of Cochon 555

By Mitchell Nover mnover81@yahoo.com Five of Miami’s all-star chefs showed off their porcine prowess at Cochon 555 at the Four Seasons this past Sunday in Brickell. Going on its sixth year, Cochon 555 is the nation’s premier culinary tour touting the flavor and health benefits of eating heritage breed pigs via a nose-to-tail culinary competition. […]

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Promising New Peruvian Hot Spot in Kendall

By Carlos Osorio osorio@greatfoodlist.com Greatfoodlist.com ventured to a promising new Peruvian hot spot in Kendall called Mr. Karbon managed by Chef Abel Canales, a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu in Peru. He started his career 17 years ago in New York and after a few years, moved to Miami and worked for Nobu, La […]

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Brewin’ the Good Stuff

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com Miami has seen a rising food scene the last few years. Many have willingly jumped on the bandwagon of bourgeoning food trends, celebrated chefs and pop-ups around our city. The latest craze to hit Miami in full force has been the craft beer and local brewery phenomenon. Capitalizing on the momentum, […]

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Brunch Hit at Casabe 305 Bistro

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com Here at Great Food List we’re always on the hunt for a good brunch spot, so we jumped on the opportunity to check out Casabe 305 Bistro offering gourmet Venezuelan and Caribbean fusion cuisine. On a rainy Sunday, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the restaurant was a cozy hideaway […]

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Martita’s Banana Cakes – One Hundred Years of Pure Heaven

By Carlos Osorio osorio@greatfoodlist.com Recently Great Food List received word of a farmer’s market event held at TERRA Environmental Research Institute, a local magnet high school in Kendall, so we decided to venture out and check it out for ourselves. In the midst of all the great food artisans, we found Martita’s Banana Cakes. A […]

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Sushi Win in Coral Gables

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com Sushi restaurants are ubiquitous in Miami.  Every corner has a sushi dig claiming to have the freshest and most innovative roles. Some are good and most are mediocre. We won’t lie and say we weren’t a tiny bit hesitant when visiting the Coral Gables location of Sushi Samba. The Miami Beach […]

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We’re Up All Night To Get Lucky

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com On November 15, 2013, Miami stayed up all night in celebration of Asian culture and cuisine at LUCKYRICE, a food festival that makes an annual stop in our neighborhood. Great Food List was lucky enough to take part of the festivities, celebrating alongside a sold out crowd of foodies at The […]

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Miami Gets Lucky Part II

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com As mentioned during our last Q&A with LUCKYRICE founder, Danielle Chang, we promised to share the interview we were lucky enough to get with Chef, Danny Ganem of Restaurant Michael Schwartz located at the iconic South Beach hotel, The Raleigh. Read on to get some insider information from Chef Danny as […]

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Miami Gets Lucky

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com Every now and then we seem to strike it lucky, and Miami is getting a taste, literally, of what it’s like to hit the culinary jackpot. LUCKYRICE, a nationwide food event that works with hundreds of chefs and mixologists, is making another appearance in Miami to bring the diverse worlds of […]

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Spain’s Great Benefit Match Hits Miami

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com It’s official; Spain’s largest wine tasting is coming to Miami next Tuesday, November 12! Food and wine lovers alike, listen up! The Spain’s Great Benefit Match event will feature more than 200 Spanish wines and tapas. And what can be better news than that?  That the Great Food List family has […]

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The News Lounge Café’s Groovin’ Garden

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com We at Great Food List are always on the search for hidden hot spots. We hadn’t been to The News Lounge Café (the offspring of the famed News Café on Ocean Drive) in a few years, when it was all the rage for happy hour and Friday night drinks, but recently […]

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Pueblito Viejo #2 – Delicioso & Divertido

By Mitchell Nover mnover81@yahoo.com   I’m not sure that there’s a direct Spanish translation for the word “kitsch,” but I feel like if I were to look it up in my English-Spanish dictionary it should simply have a picture of the interior of Pueblito Viejo #2. Taking a cue from a variety of different colorful […]

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Toro Toro is Terrific

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com When was the last time you dined at a restaurant for the ubiquitous bottomless brunch in Miami without having to sacrifice a little something? Whether it was the location, food selection or quality, it seems that we have to compromise a little if we’re looking for endless mimosas and a top-notch […]

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The Local House – Just Like Home

By Mitchell Nover mnover81@yahoo.com Growing up in the Washington, DC suburbs, we didn’t have ready access to the beach like we do here in Miami. So, each and every summer we, as most families do in the Northeast, rented a beach house for a week somewhere along the Eastern Shore (or the Jersey Shore, or […]

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CRAVE – Surprisingly Desirable

By Mitchell Nover mnover81@yahoo.com Full disclosure: when I purchased the online coupon, I had no idea what kind of food they served at CRAVE. Or that it was a chain restaurant. Or that it was located in a mall. Or that the menu was a combination of American cuisine and sushi. Really? Well, it’s amazing […]

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More Than Your Average Wine Bar at Bin 18

In Miami, a good wine bar can be hard to come by. Many often cater to one of two extremes: the happy hour crowd or the pretentious, wannabe wine-os. Well, on Biscayne Boulevard, about halfway between the American Airlines Arena and Midtown, we found Bin 18 – more than your average wine bar. Bin 18 […]

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Dishcrawling Around Midtown Miami

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com All aboard, foodies! Dishcrawl has arrived and it’s taking over major cities all across the U.S. with a food concept that allows you to “crawl” your way through several restaurants in one evening. The experience allows you to sample from diverse menus that represent small touchstones of the city you’re dining […]

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An Unexpected Peruvian Getaway

By guest writer: Alexandria Guerra of Caviar Chronicles AlexandriaAGuerra@gmail.com Tucked away, and nestled on the corner of Ponce De Leon and Alcazar, sits an unexpected historical gem, the St. Michel Hotel. This boutique hotel was once known as the Sevilla Hotel and opened its doors in 1926. The small hotel boasts only 28 rooms, each […]

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A Heavenly Dining Experience in Coral Gables

By Mitchell Nover, mnover81@yahoo.com Tucked away on Giralda Avenue, just off the crowded sidewalks of Miracle Mile, a heavenly dining experience awaits in the form of Zielo Restaurant. With its bright, modern décor, this relative newcomer to the Coral Gables restaurant scene offers diners a refined and refreshing take on International fare. At the helm […]

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One of Coconut Grove’s Hidden Treasures

By guest writer: Alexandria Guerra of Caviar Chronicles AlexandriaAGuerra@gmail.com Since I’ve moved to Coconut Grove, Taurus restaurant and bar has been a confidant, through the good, bad and recently, the hungry. Taurus was once known as Coconut Grove’s most legendary and oldest watering hole. However, the joint wasn’t notorious for their bar grub. It wasn’t […]

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Rooting for Oak Tavern

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com The Design District is slowing acclimating to the idea that it is now the go-to spot for restaurants and high-end shopping, but Chef David Bracha (of River Seafood & Oyster Bar fame) got an early start with his latest restaurant venture, Oak Tavern, and its modern American menu. The restaurant reigns […]

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High Five to BurgerFI

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com On a warm Friday evening in anticipation of the weekend, we hopped on over to BurgerFI to start cheating on the healthy eating routine of the week. Only we weren’t really cheating since we were visiting one of South Florida’s all-natural burger joints and surprisingly, we were delighted to find that […]

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Khong is King of Brunch

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com The masters behind the creative force 50 Eggs Inc., (credited with the culinary genius of Yardbird and newly opened Swine) is the force behind Khong River House, a restaurant offering authentic food of Northern Thailand to sunny South Florida. The décor is apt for its Lincoln Road and Meridian corner location. […]

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Hy Vong Presents Vietnamese Cuisine at its Best

By Sue Arrowsmith Sue.arrowsmith@yahoo.com You would never guess Miami’s premiere Vietnamese restaurant is a tiny establishment right on Calle Ocho, just steps from the famous Cuban landmark, Versailles restaurant. Hy Vong truly is one of our best kept culinary secrets. Family-owned and operated by Kathy Manning and Tung Nguyen since 1980, it has been voted […]

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Top Burger Keeps it Simple and Delicious

By Sue Arrowsmith Sue.arrowsmith@yahoo.com The rise of elaborate, gourmet burger joints has spread across South Florida. In downtown Miami, one eatery has taken a different path and it’s paying off. Top Burger, which opened last summer, is reminiscent of a 1950s soda pop shop or diner, complete with checkered flooring. They specialize in burgers, hot […]

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Latin Heat

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com Pioneers are usually those who set the bar quite high for all that follow. The Latin Burger & Taco food truck has been no exception as one of the first to roam the streets of Miami. It has paved the way of gourmet glory for all food trucks as one of […]

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Walter’s Coffee Shop Is An Early Bird’s Gem

By Jonathan Brooks JonathanBMiami@aol.com You’ll find a crowded line for breakfast on the weekends and weekly regulars galore at Palmetto Bay’s gem, Walter’s Coffee Shop. “We should write a book,” says President Grace Berbrick, daughter of founders Walter and Jo. Ask her about the coffee shop’s history or their slogan “where the elite meet to […]

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Rosita’s Serving Authentic Mexican for 20 Years

By Sue Arrowsmith Sue.arrowsmith@yahoo.com You don’t have to hop on a plane to enjoy fresh, homemade Mexican food. You can get a taste of the real thing at Rosita’s in Florida City, a great stop on the way to the Keys or Everglades National Park. Serving the South Dade community since 1992, Rosita’s two-story structure […]

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Culinary Tour De Force

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com Being a Miami native means being exposed to a myriad of cultures and their corresponding cuisines. Accessibility to food from around the globe is at every corner, with authenticity at its core. But rare is the opportunity in which you’ll experience a food tour, nonetheless of your own city, that leaves […]

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A Whole Lot of Good at Holleman’s

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com There’s something mysterious and almost magical about the town of Miami Springs. Tucked away from the chaos and busy streets of Miami, this neighborhood maintains the calm and charm of small town America. When we visited the area for a good meal, we didn’t hesitate to dine at Holleman’s, a family-friendly […]

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An Area Code Hot Spot

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com It’s chic, energetic, young, lively and reminiscent of the area code it proudly displays in its name: Kitchen 305. Located inside the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort in Miami Beach, Kitchen 305 exudes the vibrancy of Miami both with its menu and with its cool ambience. We began our meal with […]

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Zoom into Zuma

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com Foodies flock to Miami’s finest restaurants during Miami Spice, when dinning becomes entirely more affordable with pre-set menus. Great Food List ventured to try a sophisticated yet affordable dinner at the renowned restaurant Zuma and the famous dining spot aptly lived up to its name. Zuma is located at the epicenter […]

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100 Ways to Awaken Your Appetite

By Sue Arrowsmith Sue.arrowsmith@yahoo.com The place to be on Wednesday and Thursday is 100 Montaditos in downtown Miami. The popular Madrid-based chain offers 100 different types of oh-so-good mini sandwiches, along with fries, salads, chips, beer, and coffee. There are various other locations throughout Miami-Dade and Broward. Some of our favorite Montaditos include #74 (Grilled […]

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Crazy About You is All About Passion

By Sue Arrowsmith Sue.arrowsmith@yahoo.com Get your romance on at one of Miami’s most alluring restaurants…Crazy About You. The newest venture from the owners of Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita, is perfectly situated in the heart of Brickell with a stunning view of the bay at sunset. Like her sister restaurant, Crazy About You […]

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Roasters’ n Toasters Fans Delight in New RNT Grill

By Jonathan Brooks JonathanBMiami@aol.com The owners of Pinecrest’s renowned Roasters’ n Toasters Deli open new R n T Signature Grill a few doors down to expand their menu, hours and clientele. Already the restaurant’s subs, salads, gyros, and wings are winning over local celebs, sports stars, politicians, and more. You might find yourself seated next […]

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Enriqueta’s is a Neighborhood Gem

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com Wynwood/Midtown has become the foodie mecca of Miami with chic restaurant popping up every month. But sometimes, the best things are the ones that have been there all along. That’s the story behind Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop, a small family-owned Cuban sandwich shop that has been at the corner of N.E. 29 […]

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Umami Asian Cuisine

By Sue ArrowsmithSue.arrowsmith@yahoo.com For your next big celebration, why not try dinner with a show? That’s what you’ll get at Umami Asian Cuisine in Doral, where fresh steak, chicken, seafood, veggies, and rice are seasoned and cooked Hibachi style, on large teppanyaki iron plates right in front of you. Flames shoot up high as the […]

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SKEWER SOMETHING SCRUMPTIOUS AT PINCHO FACTORY

By Jonathan Brooks JonathanBMiami@aol.com It’s mid-day and there’s a steady flow of customers placing orders in a cubby hole called the Pincho Factory, located just off of Bird Road in West Miami. Vanesa Ojeda from Coral Gables brought her son in for lunch after receiving a flyer. “Everything I’ve ordered has been delicioso (delicious),” she […]

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Old Meets New at Catch 10 Seafood Bistro

By Melanie Garcia garmelanie@gmail.com What was once the winter home of Henri Levy, the founder and developer of Normandy Isle, has been transformed into the charming Catch 10 Seafood Bistro. Built in 1922, this historical landmark offers a quaint and cozy inside seating, as well as tropical outdoor dining area, where you’ll discover some of […]

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